Coffee Pot

Designer: Pavel Janák (Czech, 1882–1956)

Manufacturer: Werkstätte Artel

Date: ca. 1912

Medium: Earthenware

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 7 x 5 in. (21.6 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.173a,b


The angular form and boldly graphic patterning of this coffeepot are characteristic of Czech Cubism. This important movement, which originated around 1911, applied the polemics of Analytic Cubist painting to architecture and design. The resulting highly stylized designs are as innovative and startling by today’s standards as they were in their own time. Janák cofounded Artel, a manufacturing cooperative in Prague that produced a wide range of household objects by Czech Cubist designers.